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CURRENT NEWS from the Wisconsin DNR

100th anniversary of forest patrol aviation in Wisconsin
BOULDER JUNCTION, Wis. – Monday, June 29, marks the 100th birthday of aviation for the state Department of Natural Resources. It was on that date in 1915 that the first forest patrol flight to occur anywhere in the world took place in Wisconsin.  
Spring waterfowl survey results show good production despite challenging weather
MADISON -- The 2015 Wisconsin spring waterfowl breeding population survey indicates quality waterfowl production, despite dry conditions experienced during the survey. For all species, population counts showed no significant change from estimates compared to last year. 
2015 spring turkey harvest remains stable
MADISON – State turkey hunters registered a total of 40,975 birds during the 2015 spring turkey hunting season. According to Department of Natural Resources officials, this is a 2 percent decrease from the spring 2014 season.  
Wisconsin ruffed grouse survey indicates stable population
MADISON – Ruffed grouse enthusiasts should expect bird encounters similar to last year, according to the recently completed roadside ruffed grouse survey.  
100 sharp-tailed grouse permits available in northwestern Wisconsin highlight recent management efforts
MADISON -- Preliminary spring survey results show that Wisconsin's sharp-tailed grouse made it through the winter in favorable condition, and 100 harvest permits are available for Management Unit 8 in northern Wisconsin.

 


Fishing & Hunting Report - June 29, 2015

 
Mayfly hatch slowing fishing a bit, with walleye, northern, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and panfish putting on a good bite, with musky fair; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
 
Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are hanging around the 70 degree mark.  The Eagle River area is starting to get into a mayfly hatch.  That means the panfish, walleye, etc. are gorging themselves on mayflies, and running a bit deeper.  Gamefish like musky and northern are also following the panfish deeper.  Fishing is still good, and the mayfly hatch generally lasts a week or so.  So be prepared and be advised, but that doesn’t mean you won't catch a good number of fish in the Eagle River area - -just a mite slower as far as action is concerned.  We'll keep you posted.
 
WALLEYE:   Fish mudflats in 15 feet of water or more.  The walleye are tight to bottom.  Use a jig and a minnow or leech.  All day action, with peaks in the evening. Bite has been good.
 
NORTHERN:  Fish break edges and weed edges in 15 feet or less.  Use a bass style spinner bait, small bucktail, minnow bait, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber.  All day action and the bite is good.
 
SMALLMOUTH BASS:   Fish break edges in 20 feet of water or less over hardbottom areas. Use a plastic tube or crawfish, jig and a leech or minnow, or a Senko rigged wacky.  All day action and the bite is good.
 
LARGEMOUTH BASS:  Largemouth's are hanging near structure - -docks, weeds, drowned wood, and brush piles - - in 15 feet of water or less.  Use a plastic rigged weedless, spinner bait, topwater like a Scum Frog or Bass Rat, or a Heddon Torpedo.  All day action and the bite is good.
 
PANFISH:    The panfish are gorging themselves on mayflies in 15 feet of water or less in and around weeds, weed or break edges.  The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column.  Use a crappie minnow, chunk of crawler, or a micro plastic on a jig or under a slip bobber.  All day action and the bite is good.
 
MUSKY:  Fish break edges in 15 feet of water or less.  The muskies have moved out a little deeper, because their food fish prey have done so, and the muskies follow their food sources.
Use a small to medium sized bucktail, Bulldawg, or topwater.  Standard retrieve. Remember to always do a "figure 8" as your lure nears the boat.  All day action, with peaks in the evening, and the bite is fair.
 
FLY FISHING:  With untold numbers of rushing streams, brooks and rivers, Eagle River provides wonderful opportunities for fly anglers of every ilk.  And for the adventure of a lifetime go for gamefish with a fly rod on one of the Eagle River area's hundreds of  lakes- - like in "musky" and "northern".  The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce (contact information below) can put you in touch with guides who specialize in fly fishing and those guides will provide you with one of the great memories you'll ever have.
 
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Editor’s Note: Eagle River, Wisconsin, is the Snowmobile Capital of the World®, Hockey Capital of Wisconsin™, World’s Largest Chain of 28 Lakes (Eagle River Chain O’Lakes named one of the “7 Natural Wonders of Wisconsin” by Travel Wisconsin.com/Wisconsin Department of Tourism); voted “The Best Up-North Town” by readers of Wisconsin Trails Magazine.     
 
(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance interviews with Eagle River guides “Muskie Matt” of Wild Eagle Lodge, Mat Hegy; and Eagle River hunting enthusiast, Dan Anderson).
 
Contact info for Eagle River:  
 
* Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org  
* “Muskie Matt”, 715-891-5980; e-mail: rfrgoutdoors@gmail.com
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e-mail: lunkerclunkerguideservice@yahoo.com   
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.  e-mail:  fishing@eaglesportscenter.com
* Dan Anderson, Eagle River hunting enthusiast, 715-479-8511. e-mail: hellmo@frontier.com
(Dan is also a silent sports devotee and works with the Vilas County Silent Sports Association; www.vassa-trails.org).
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***Calendar highlights for Eagle River, Wisconsin
 
- - Summer is ringing its welcoming bell in Eagle River. Forget the hassles of daily life, and surround yourself with the unique joys of Wisconsin's northwoods in the center of it all:  Eagle River.  The sounds and sights of a new season.  Trees and flowers galore.  Forests and meadows.  The shimmering lakes and streams.  Fabulous fishing in the Eagle River area's 1,300 lakes.  Birding. Picnicking.  Hiking.  Biking. Jogging.  Kayaking.  Swimming and boating. Just plain old relaxation in the truest sense of that word.   All manner of flora and fauna to see and enjoy.  And the fragrance that only the pristine breath of Mother Nature can bring.  Eagle River has accommodations, special events, activities, services and entertainment to fit every budget and taste. Couple all of this with the pristine Northwoods scenic beauty that nature provides Eagle River in such abundance, and it's something you, your family, loved ones and friends won't want to miss. Contact us at anytime for information. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
 - -*****.  The Eagle River community through its Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that there are new fully maintained ATV/UTV trails "happening right now" in the Eagle River area  Wonderful opportunities galore for those who love this activity, in the Eagle River area.  Just another reason to get up to Eagle River, who for over 150 years continues to welcome visitors with unique and wondrous activities.  For further information contact the Chamber of Commerce or go to the Eagle River website.  All contact information follows. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- - Eagle River Golf Course is open in Eagle River (weather permitting).  The beautiful Eagle River Golf Course  is open from 10:00 am-6 pm. daily.  Take advantage of the gorgeous, warm Northwoods weather, the scenic beauty, and get your swing in the groove.  Many continuing money saving fun specials throughout the season, tournaments, youth golf season and tournament, new equipment demos, warm, expert, welcoming staff. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- -Fishing season is open in Eagle River.  For over 150 years anglers have flocked to Eagle River to enjoy the fun, relaxation and excitement of Eagle River's legendary fishing - -from walleye to musky - -and everything in between. Eagle River provides the finest fishing experience anyone could ever want. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
-- Sat.-Sun., Aug. 1-2, 2015.  Eagle River Hunter Jumper Shows.  Equestrian competitions that are literally awesome.  Donations and sponsorships graciously accepted that provide scholarships and donations to the Eagle River community. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- -Sat. July 4, 2015:  4th of July Parade & Fireworks.  Parade downtown Eagle River.  This year's parade theme:  Eagle River, "Up North—Down to Earth" and the parade grand marshals are Eagle River community activists, Dick and Audrey Decker.  Fireworks at dusk at Hi-Pines Campground. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- -Thurs. July 9, 2015:  35th Annual Guides/Kids Day.  Vilas County Fairgrounds.  Kids get to fish with Eagle River licensed guides.  Great fun and thrills for the kids and guides alike! Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
-- Sat., July 11, 2015: Annual OAM Pines Alumni 3x3 Hockey Tournament at the Eagle River Ice Arena.  For information contact:  Tom Obrodovich at 715-891-6163. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- -Sat.,  July 18, 2015: 43rd Annual Artarama, Riverside Park in Eagle River. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- -Thurs.-Sun. August 13-16, 2015:  Vilas County Fair at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- -Sat., August 15, 2015:   15th Annual Polish Regatta at noon, held at Pitlik's Sand Beach Resort. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- - Wed. August 19, 2015: 34th Annual Paul Bunyan Fest
10am - 4pm, Downtown Eagle River.  This fun filled family fun event features chain saw carving demonstrations, over 75 arts-n-crafts vendors, live musical entertainment and a Paul Bunyan Roast Cook-off by area businesses.  Come on down and enjoy a Paul Bunyan size luncheon which includes a heap'n help'n of potato salad, corn, a HUGE BEEF sandwich and a cookie.  Food is served starting at 11:00 am - 2pm or until gone.  For more information contact the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center: Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- -Fri.-Sun, Aug. 21-23, 2015:  30th Annual National Championship Musky Open.  A very exciting family oriented catch-and-release musky tournament held on seven different lake families in the Eagle River area.  Great fun and prizes for all skill levels. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
--Fri.-Sun., Aug. 28-30 2015:  1st Annual World Championship UTV/ATV Derby, being held at the Amsoil World Championship Derby Track in Eagle River.   Sanctioned by USAC. Three days of stock and modified racing for kids, amateurs and pros on the famed oval track and newly created motocross track.  Competitive stock and modified moto cross closed course style race in addition to the stock and modified oval racing in the Derby Track bowl.  Numerous related activities, including demos, displayers and everything related to recreational vehicles.  Bonfire, food, refreshments, Extreme Free Style show, "Mud hole", trophy presentations and awards dinner. Not to be missed.  Prime motorhome parking and general camping on the grounds will be available. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- -If you're in the Eagle River area, and decide to go fishing, and maybe left your equipment at home – not to worry.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a free, equipment loan program that may be able to help. For information and regulations of this program in the Eagle River area you can call Kimberly Krawczyk at 715-542-2075.  Just another way to enjoy all that the Eagle River area has to offer. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- - Throughout the year Eagle River offers great opportunities for "silent sports" devotees.  Whatever the season, there are myriad activities, events, and just plain fun and relaxation for those who love biking, hiking, kayaking, running, jogging  X-C skiing and snowshoeing.  The facilities and trails are some of the best anywhere, with services and competitions to fit every level of expertise and taste. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
- -Trees for Tomorrow has a multitude of family, youth, public and nature programs right on its campus in Eagle River.  This wondrous venue allows everyone to explore the joys of nature at little or no cost.  Contact Trees for Tomorrow for information and program schedule.  Phone:  715-479-6456.  E-mail: learning@treesfortomorrow.com. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: info@eagleriver.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
 
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***(Report on Central Wisconsin Lakes AND the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties near Mosinee and Wausau), -- as of June 29, 2015.
 
Musky, walleye, smallmouth bass, panfish and catfish all hitting; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
 
Water temperatures in central Wisconsin continue to stay in that low 70 degree range, combined with normal water levels and good current it is making for great fishing opportunities on the Wisconsin River system.
 
Musky action continues to be outstanding with several very nice fish being caught like the giant by Adam Rasmussen of Hooksetters Guide Service. This monster came in at just under 49 inches and had a 24 inch girth.  Most of the action has been by running bucktails or top water baits in shallow water with less than 5 feet of water.
 
Smallmouth bass have been quite aggressive with the warm temperatures.  Most of the action has been by casting small crankbaits but the top water bite is coming on strong. Most of the action is in less than 3 feet of water.
 
The walleye bite has been very good this past week with a lot of nice fish coming from the Wisconsin River system.  A lot of these fish have been related to deep submerged timber in 8 to 12 feet of water.

For you Panfish guys and gals the action this past week has been pretty good for both crappies and bluegills. Most of the fish are holding in submerged wood or in weeds in 4 to 8 feet of water.  
 
If you like action the catfish bite has picked up drastically.  With the warming water temperatures their metabolism has really turned them on.  Search out the deepest holes in the river and run a simple hook and sinker with a crawler or minnow right on the bottom.  It’s that simple and that’s really all you need for some great catfish action.
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(Central Wisconsin lakes report based on interviews with licensed guide and trapper Phil Schweik and licensed guide Glenn Moberg, of Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Service, Mosinee. Wisconsin).
 
For more information about fishing and hunting in the Central Wisconsin area:  
 
* Phil Schweik, Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Services: phone: 715-693-5843; e-mail: pschweik@dwave.net; web: www.hooksetters.biz  
 
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Outdoor Report - June 25, 2015

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Report summary for June 25, 2015
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Rains continue to keep water levels high across state
Rain in the past week has continued to keep water levels high on river systems across the state. In the north the Wild Pine and Popple rivers are providing some very good early summer paddling. The lower Wisconsin River has come down some, and a few sandbars are beginning to reappear, but water levels could still rise from this week's rain. Many trails across the state are wet. The all-terrain vehicle trails in the Black River State Forest have finally dried out enough to open up, but mountain bikers should contact parks or forests directly to find out if off-road bike trails are open.
The variable weather has continued to keep anglers guessing--but overall success has been good when they have been able to get out on the water. In the north, the mayfly hatch and pressure has weaned off, prompting increased activity from walleye anglers. Musky success was also increasing as the fish start to feed more actively. The smallmouth season opened in the northern zone last weekend, following the completion spawning. Largemouth have started to settle into their early summer pattern of cruising the weed beds and have been active on surface baits and soft plastics. Though the smallmouth season is on, the larger fish seem to be taking their time moving to the surface and it may take another week or so before they start occupying mid-depth areas.
In the south, fishing activity slowed on Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River due to higher water, though some walleye were still being caught. Anglers on Lake Koshkonong have still been getting into good numbers of 12- to 14-inch walleyes. Bluegills are spawning along the shorelines. Some larger channel catfish were being caught on the Rock River.
On Green Bay anglers continued to catch walleye off Marinette and Oconto as well as off Bayshore Park on the east shore. Smallmouth bass fishing was moderate along the Green Bay side of the Door Peninsula, with the best action around Sawyer Harbor but slower at Sturgeon Bay and Little Sturgeon Bay.
On Lake Michigan, anglers were out in high numbers at the Kewaunee, Algoma and Manitowoc ramps, with good success being reported for a mix of steelhead and king salmon with the occasional lake and brown trout. Trollers out of Sheboygan, Port Washington and Milwaukee have been catching a mix of chinooks and coho salmon, and rainbow and lake trout, with most boats landing at least two or three fish. Trollers out of Racine and Kenosha continued to catch mostly coho. Despite the opening of the perch season last week, no perch were reported caught in the Milwaukee harbor.
Reports continue to come in of fawns and does spotted throughout the state, primarily in forest and woods-edge habitat. Turtles may still be seen crossing roads near wetlands or area lakes and rivers. More turkey broods are popping up in counties north and south. The young from second clutches of rabbits and squirrels are venturing from their nests. DNR crews and volunteers conducted annual goose banding this week. Statewide, about 4,000 nesting geese are leg-banded each June, while they are still flightless.
The prickly pear cactus, an inhabitant of remnant prairie areas and one of Wisconsin's native cacti is starting to bloom exhibiting vibrant yellow petals. Along with that come dozens of wildflowers, springing up after the recent rains, including lupine, indigo, and butterfly weed.
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